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City of Sydney Eisteddfod - drama event

Students from Years 8 to 11 who have a special aptitude and interest in drama have the opportunity to enter the City of Sydney Drama Competition. This competition is held in June of each year. It allows students to compete with peers who share their passion and ability as young actors.

Theatre sports

Theatre sports offers students the opportunity to be creative and have lots of fun while competing in events which require them to think quickly on their feet and create entertaining improvised drama. 

Training for this competition is run during lunch times throughout Term 2. The inter-school competitions then become the focus, with our most entertaining actors joining forces to compete on behalf of South Sydney High School.

Writing competitions

There are a number of writing competitions students are encouraged to enter throughout the year. Students should see the writing competition coordinator Ms J. Tilby for further information.

The first competition for the year is run by the Whitlam Institute (at the University of Western Sydney). Students need to write a 400 to 600 word opinion piece on what matters to them, and what actions they consider should be taken to build a better society. There are money prizes to be won.

ICAS assessments

South Sydney High School participates in the world-renowned ICAS Assessments each year. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney, with over 35 years’ experience in educational assessments.

ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling and Digital Technologies. 

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition. Every student will receive a printed certificate and an online result report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.

We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year. The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.

ICAS Assessments are now online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to computer-based assessments. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results.

Crystal growing competition

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) NSW Crystal Growing Competition. Students spend Term 2 growing crystals during Science classes. Crystals are then sent in and entered in the competition. Entries are judged by University Crystallographers. For more details visit the RACI Chem Central website.

Visual arts

Students are encouraged and supported to enter competitions in art, design, photography and video as they arise. Some current competitions include:

  • Koori Art Expressions: Students have the opportunity to have their classwork selected for entry to the Koori Art Expressions exhibition. The artwork is related to the current NAIDOC week theme.
  • Operation Art: Students have the opportunity to enter their artwork in this Department of Education and Communities competition. Successful artworks are then hung at the Westmead Children's Hospital.
  • V-Fest: An annual student video festival. Students are supported in entering a short film created at school.